Battle of the Sund: only kites are allowed in this clash

Two hundred kiteboarders will cross the Strait of Oresund, between Sweden and Denmark, on the 16th August, 2014.

Race and freestyle kiteboarders are invited to rewrite history. What once was the scene of a big naval battle between Swedish and Danish is now the spot of an extreme sailing challenge.

Riders will try to get their kites up in the sky for 40 kilometers (25 miles), starting on Ribersborg Beach, Malmo, touching the island of Flakfortet on the Danish side, and returning to Sweden.

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Richard Branson: addicted to kitesurfing

Richard Branson is addicted to kitesurfing. The Virgin mogul is a frequent Guinness World Record beater, and his favorite spot is Necker Island.

"I learned to kitesurf on Necker twelve years ago. It was lethaly dangerous. When you fell you'd be dragged underwater 100 feet, and you prayed you didn't hit a reef," reveals Branson.

"I survived with not too many injuries, and it's been the best sport ever since. I will kitesurf if the wind's up, get half an hour away from Blackberries and iPhones, then comeback completely refreshed ready to go."

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Bridge of the Gods Kite Fest: when amateur riders become pros | Photo: David Oby

The 14th Annual Bridge of the Gods Kite Fest will gather the best amateur kiteboarders on the Columbia River Gorge, between 25th-27th July, 2014.

The longest running amateur kiteboarding contest in the USA has historically been a launching pad for amateur kiteboarders attempting to become professionals.

The Bridge of the Gods Kite Fest will feature five categories of amateur riders: Men, Women, Grom, Lady Groms and Masters. Pro Men and Women will have their own contest.

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